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NJ Senate Leaders Recognize Historic Commitment to New Manhattan Bus Terminal

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Sweeney, Kean, Weinberg, Gordon, Sarlo & Kyrillos Join With Port Authority Official, Transportation Advocates & Commuters in NYC on Plan to Build New Terminal

Senate President Steve Sweeney, Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, Senator Paul Sarlo, Senator Bob Gordon and Senator Joe Kyrillos joined with transportation advocates and commuters to continue to promote the need for a new bus terminal and to praise the bi-state leadership of the Port Authority, especially Chairman John Degnan, for their support for the historic plan recently approved by the Port Authority to construct the new facility in Manhattan.

Pictured from left to right: Sen. Sweeney, Sen. Kean, Sen. Weinberg, Sen. Sarlo, Sen. Kyrillos and Sen. Gordon. (SenateNJ.com)

“We worked together across the aisle to stand up for New Jersey’s commuters, and the final decision to build the replacement terminal in Manhattan represents a real victory for our state,” said Senator Kean. “The agreement is recognition that our commuters demand and deserve mass transportation that is both fast and convenient. A bus terminal in New Jersey, as some had proposed, would have been neither.”

“This is an historic achievement that will serve the critical transportation needs of the entire region for generations to come,” said Senator Sweeney, referring to the Port Authority’s vote to include the construction of a new bus terminal in its capital plan. “My colleagues in the New Jersey Senate and I have been fighting for this for years as a top priority so we are all grateful for the support of both governors and the Port Authority’s leadership. They helped to make this happen.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean: Port Authority’s Bus, Rail & Airport Plans Good for New Jersey

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean praised the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s for considering resolutions that outline plans for long-term bus, rail and airport infrastructure improvements that benefit New Jersey and its commuters.

Kean attended the meeting of the Port Authority’s Board of Commissioners on March 24.

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said the Port Authority’s long-term plans to improve bus, rail and airport infrastructure are good for New Jersey. (Flickr)

“Today’s actions by the Port Authority represent a win for New Jersey commuters,” said Kean. “We fought to preserve a one-seat ride for bus riders into Manhattan, and we succeeded.”

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Kean Statement on Brussels Terror Attacks

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean offered the following statement following this morning’s dual terrorist bombings in Brussels, Belgium:

Sen. Tom Kean responded to the terrorist attacks in Brussels, Belgium on March 22, 2016.

“The innocent people who were lost in today’s cowardly attacks have our prayers, and the brave responders our admiration.

“New Jersey stands with the people of Belgium and all of those who stand defiant against this ideology of hate and fear.”

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Senator Steve Oroho
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Kean & Oroho Tour Project Self-Sufficiency in Sussex to Highlight Charitable Giving Legislation

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Steven Oroho toured Project Self-Sufficiency of Sussex County on to promote new legislation that would support charitable giving to New Jersey’s non-profit and charitable organizations.

Sen. Tom Kean and Sen. Steven Oroho toured Project Self-Sufficiency of Sussex County on March 21, 2016. Click for full-size image. (SenateNJ.com)

Since 1986, Project Self-Sufficiency has helped thousands of families in northwestern New Jersey to break the generational cycle of poverty, by addressing education, employment, parenting skills, legal problems, counseling and the many other interlocking issues experienced by families in need. The organization serves single parents, teen parents, displaced homemakers, adults, children, senior citizens and two-parent households.

“Project Self-Sufficiency is the perfect example of a community-based charitable organization that would benefit from our legislation encouraging charitable giving,” said Kean (R-Union, Somerset, Morris). “With increased fundraising, Project Self-Sufficiency could expand their already impressive efforts to improve the lives of struggling families in the region. Our legislation will make donating more affordable for those who wish to support their charitable efforts.”

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Senator Steve Oroho
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MEDIA ADVISORY (3/21): Kean & Oroho to Tour Project Self-Sufficiency, Promote New Legislation to Strengthen NJ Charities

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Steven Oroho are touring Project Self-Sufficiency on Monday, March 21 to highlight the organization’s comprehensive efforts to assist low-income individuals and families, as well as to promote new legislation that would increase resources for New Jersey charities.

Who: Senators Tom Kean and Steven Oroho, hosted by Deborah Berry-Toon, Executive Director, Project Self-Sufficiency

What: Touring Project Self-Sufficiency, highlighting legislation to help New Jersey’s non-profits and charities

When: Monday, March 21, 2016, at 10:30 a.m.

Where: Project Self-Sufficiency, 127 Mill Street, Newton, NJ 07860

Event Contacts: Emily Everson – (609) 847-3600

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Senator Kevin O'Toole
Senator Tom Kean

Senate Passes Kean/O’Toole “Upskirting” Bill

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The New Jersey Senate unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Republican Senators Tom Kean (Union, Somerset, Morris) and Kevin O’Toole (Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic) that would prohibit “upskirting” pictures by adding the offense to the state’s invasion of privacy laws.

Legislation by Sen. Tom Kean and Sen. Kevin O’Toole updates the state’s invasion of privacy laws to prohibit “upskirting.” (SenateNJ.com)

“Upskirting” occurs when a person is filmed or photographed underneath their clothing without their consent and when they would not expect to be exposed in that fashion.

“With cellphone cameras now almost ubiquitous throughout our society, there are more chances for voyeurs to exploit people’s privacy,” Kean said. “We need to make sure our laws are equipped to punish people using technology to expose others when they are vulnerable or unsuspecting.”

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Kean Bill to Lure Top Performers to Atlantic City & NJ Advances

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Measure Would Provide A-List Entertainers Incentives to Schedule Shows in the Garden State

Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean to help improve Atlantic City’s economy through tax incentives for A-list performers has been approved by the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee.

Sen. Tom Kean’s legislation would bring top entertainers to Atlantic City and all of New Jersey by exempting performance-related income earned in the state from taxation if certain qualifications are met. (©iStock.com)

The Senator noted that New Jersey venues compete for talent that can choose to schedule shows in states with lower income tax rates or no income taxes at all, including Nevada, Florida, Texas and Tennessee.

“Top bands that can sell out shows and earn tax-free income in Las Vegas or Miami have little incentive to play in Atlantic City or subject themselves to New Jersey’s high tax rates,” said Kean. “We should not forget that we generate no tax revenue from empty venues when performers skip New Jersey.”

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Senator Jim Holzapfel
Senator Tom Kean

Kean & Holzapfel Honored by Humane Society for Work Protecting Animals

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Jim Holzapfel were honored for their work protecting the state’s animals and pets by the New Jersey chapter of The Humane Society of the United States.

Sen. Tom Kean was presented with the 2015 Humane State Legislator Award by Kathleen Schatzmann, New Jersey Senior State Director for the Humane Society. (SenateNJ.com)

They were each presented the 2015 Humane Legislator of the Year Award at the Humane Society’s 5th Annual New Jersey Humane Lobby Day.

“I’ve always believed that how we treat animals, both individually and as a state, is a reflection of our values,” said Kean (R-Union, Somerset, Morris). “We can be compassionate, generous and humane not just through our personal actions, but also through the laws with statewide impact that we help to advance.”

Sen. Jim Holzapfel speaking at the Humane Society’s 2016 New Jersey Humane Lobby Day after being presented the organization’s 2015 Humane State Legislator Award. (SenateNJ.com)

“We’ve worked to put New Jersey at the head of a nationwide effort to put puppy and kitten mills and their inhumane practices out of business,” said Holzapfel (R-Ocean). “We’re focusing on new legislation that would keep convicted animal abusers from repeating their crimes and ensure safe living conditions for all of the pets in our care.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Says Deal to Avoid NJ Transit Rail Strike Protects Commuters & Region’s Economy

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean responded to news that NJ Transit and its rail unions have averted a possible strike next week that would have caused chaos for commuters:

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean says a deal to Avoid NJ Transit rail strike protects commuters and the region’s economy. (SenateNJ.com)

“NJ Transit provides more than 300,000 rides on its rail service every weekday, taking commuters to both work and school.

“A rail strike would have caused gridlock throughout New Jersey, hurt our economy and made the difficult lives of those thousands of commuters even harder.

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Senator Jennifer Beck
Senator Tom Kean

Kean, Beck Visit Monmouth Boys & Girls Club to Promote New Legislation Supporting Charities

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In Asbury Park, the Boys & Girls Club of Monmouth County hosted Senate Republicans Tom Kean and Jennifer Beck as they promoted legislation that would boost charitable giving to New Jersey charities on the front lines serving millions of children and families.

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Sen. Jennifer Beck visited the Boys & Girls Club of Monmouth County to highlight legislation to help non-profits and charities that serve millions of New Jerseyans. (SenateNJ.com)

This legislation, S-1932 introduced Monday, would establish a charitable deduction for state income tax filers on the money and gifts they provide to Garden State charities.

“A study released by Damooei Global Research found that every dollar invested in Boys & Girls Clubs can generate 15 dollars of positive impact in the community, by way of improved safety and academic performance for children, as well as increased parental income,” said Douglas Eagles, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County. “I am greatly encouraged by any effort to make it easier for caring folks to invest in their own communities.”

S-1932 is a modified version of bipartisan S-334, originally created and introduced in 2007 by Senate Republican Leader Kean.

“The children and volunteers we met today are truly inspiring, and the extraordinary efforts of BGCM for local families are something Republicans and Democrats can get behind,” said Kean (Union, Somerset, Morris). “In every corner of New Jersey, charities are struggling to obtain enough funding to serve their missions supporting children, families, seniors, people with disabilities, those with special needs and the most-vulnerable.”

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